Military Aims for Flying Humvee!

Popular Mechanics is reporting on the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency also known as (DARPA) is interested in proposals for a Humvee that can fly over insurgents conducting night raids or whisk injured insurgents away from the battlefield. Textron, the defense company, says it has the solution—and they have the sketches to prove it.

Sure, the concept looks like a model car you might buy at Toys R’ Us, but the technology is sound, and the engineers think it could be ready to fly relatively soon, according to Steven Reid, vice president of unmanned aircraft systems at AAI, the Textron subsidiary that produced the Shadow UAV. “Envision a Humvee-like vehicle with wings that fold out from the side and attach just above the rear door,” Reid says.

Textron’s plan is to integrate its work on military ground vehicles and unmanned aircraft like the Shadow, and combine it with licensed technology from its partnership with Carter Aviation Technologies, a small Texas-based outfit working on a personal air vehicle for the commercial market. Textron is incorporating Carter’s slowed compound rotor technology, which uses rotors that are similar to helicopter blades but heavily weighted in the tips. As the aircraft takes off, the rotor provides lift, but as the vehicle gains speed, the rotor slows down and the wings provide lift.

The vehicle would have a roof panel that contains wings that rotate and fold out from the sides, as well as a mast that comes up and houses the slowed rotor system. Coming out the back of the vehicle is a shrouded, ducted fan that provides forward motion, and then a series of control surfaces that help regulate speed, as well as pitch, roll and yaw.

Original Article Location: Popular Mechanics

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Steyr SSG 08 now in .338 Lapua Magnum

Steyr SSG 08 .338 LapuaThe Steyr SSG 08 have been making a name for itself with long range shooters because of their out of the box features and sub MOA accuracy, and now the Steyr SSG  08 is going to be available in the extremely popular .338 Lapua Magnum.  Steyr’s are in Europe what the Remington 700s are in America (this is partly due to the famous Austrian special police unit, COBRA, having the SSG specifically designed to their specs).  The .338 is rapidly growing to be THE tactical long range round, and combine that with the awesomeness of the Steyr SSG, and you have a combo made for sniper heaven.

A prototype of the .338 Steyr SSG 08 was unvieled at the 2010 NRA Annual Meeting.  Steyr put it through a 10,000 round endurance and reliability test to ensure the .338 SSG was ready to display to the world–and at around 5-6 dollar retail per .338, that was one helluva expensive test!

The .338 Steyr SSG 08 will share the some of the same characteristics of its soon to be inferior chambered brethren SSG 08s to include a fully adjustable skeletonized stock, a built in bi-pod adapter, a 20 moa base for mounting your optics, and Steyr’s Safe Bolt System action.  The difference would be in the cold hammer-forged barrel which will be 27.17 inches and have a 1:9 twist rate which should be able to stabilize a 300 gr .338 Lapua.  The .338 Steyr SSG 08 will also include a newly designed, buffed up bipod.  Click “Read More” for stats.

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The Pentagon’s Portable “Thermal Laser” Steps Forward

THE Pentagon’s efforts to develop a beam weapon that can deter an adversary by causing a burning sensation on their skin has taken a step forward with the development of a small, potentially hand-held, version. The weapon, which is claimed to cause no permanent harm, could also end up being used by police to control civilians.

The idea of the weapon is to “create a heating sensation that repels individual adversaries”, according to the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD) in Quantico, Virginia, which develops less-lethal weapons for the US military and coastguard.

Tests with a rifle-mounted infrared laser, carried out at a US air force lab near Dayton, Ohio, have determined a combination of laser pulse power and wavelength that causes an alarming, hot sensation on the skin, but which stops short of causing a burn, says JNLWD project engineer Wesley Burgei.

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AK-200 Rifle: The Next Generation AK

Next Generation AK Rifle finally revealed!

I was reading through a couple of gun blogs and forums this week and came across an update on the future AK rifle which will most likley be named the AK-200.

The new AK-200 will feature a high capacity 60 round magazine, folding  skeleton stock and finally gobs more picatinny rails for your upgrades and attachments.  Rumor is that the gun will be offered with a bipod as well and birdcage designed flash hider.Off the start it appears it will be manufactured in the Russian city of Izhevsk which is also the same location where the famous Kalashnikovs are assembled.

The spokesman for Izhmash said:

“The AK-200 is designed to contribute to a full-blown modernization of the Russian Armed Forces. Significantly, the new model is based on the AK-74, internationally known for its reliability and ease of use , the AK-200’s sophisticated design is fully in tune with new demands for waging modern warfare. The new Kalashnikov differs in weight and the magazine capacity, citing a 60-cartridge magazine the AK-200 is equipped with. It is safe to assume that the new Kalashnikov‘s characteristics are on a par with those of assault rifles currently used by NATO troops.” will keep you posted on any new info about the 21st century AK rifle, for now have a look at the pics below…

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